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Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA): Migration data exchange mechanism

Key facts

Requesting authority: COMESA Secretariat
Experts involved: France, Germany, Hungary, Italy Malta, Portugal, acedemia
Time Frame: August 2012-September 2016

Objective

To support COMESA in the Ministerial and Heads of Immigration meeting through input to the discussions via EU expertise and good practices in migration data collection and management.

Activities

Activity 1: COMESA Chiefs of Immigration Meeting and Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Immigration

Activity 2: Workshop to promote a regional approach to trafficking in human beings, and meeting of the COMESA task forces on capacity building and a roadmap

Activity 3: Update of the background paper on ‘Harmonisation of National Laws with COMESA Model Law’

Activity 4: Mapping the data collection and information sharing systems in COMESA MS through conducting a migration metadata survey 

Activity 5: Workshop to promote a regional approach to migration data harmonisation and meeting of the task forces on capacity building and roadmap

Activity 6: Presentation of the results of the migration metadata survey, the COMESA II Action and MIEUX at the 9th Meeting of the COMESA Chiefs of Immigration and 6th Meeting of COMESA Ministers Responsible for Immigration

Activity 7: Drafting of a proposal for data harmonisation among COMESA MS

Activity 8: Workshop to establish a formal data exchange mechanism for the COMESA region based on harmonised definitions

Results and outputs

  • Coordination between COMESA MS has been further strengthened through the Ministerial meeting and capacity building for the network of focal points
  • Report on the Results of the COMESA Migration Metadata Survey which assesses MS data management capacities
  • Updated and more elaborated version of the study on Harmonisation of National Laws with COMESA Model Law
  • Recommendations for the COMESA Chiefs of Immigration Meeting and Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Immigration on migration data harmonisation and information sharing;
  • Identification of key challenges in the area of trafficking in human beings
  • Recommendations for the COMESA Chiefs of Immigration Meeting and Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Immigration on how to promote a regional approach to trafficking in human beings

 

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